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Hiker Rescued After Months in Woods, Days From Death

Marco Lavoie's campsite was attacked by a bear in August

(Newser) - An incredible story of survival out of northwestern Quebec, where a 44-year-old was rescued as few as 24 hours before officials believe he would have likely died. Marco Lavoie set off on July 16 for what he intended to be a two-month spell in the woods, reports the Canadian Press... More »

80-Year-Old Headbutts Bear, Lives to Tell Tale

Oh, and he got tossed off a cliff, too

(Newser) - As far as survival stories go, this one is pretty impressive: An 80-year-old Russian man encountered a bear in a raspberry field last week, and didn't exactly take it lying down. Yusuf Alchagirov fed the bear a few kicks and headbutts, and also tried to stab it with a... More »

Man Mauled by Bear is Rescued —36 Hours Later

After 2 failed attempts, National Guard sends plane, chopper, para-team in night-vision goggles

(Newser) - It took 36 hours and a rescue operation worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster to save a man mauled by a brown bear while hunting in Alaska. First, a local rescue team tried to find the man, who was attacked 35 miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass, but its helicopter couldn't... More »

Girl Plays Dead, Survives Bear Attack

12-year-old Michigan jogger got knocked down twice

(Newser) - Another bear attack is in the news, this one an unusual case of a bear attacking a girl seemingly unprovoked. Abby Wetherell, 12, says a black bear came out of the woods and chased her as she jogged on a dirt road in rural Michigan, reports AP . After the bear... More »

Four People Hurt in Grizzly Bear Attacks

Hikers, federal workers stumble on unlucky encounters

(Newser) - Unlucky hikers and forest workers fought with grizzly bears today but walked away with only a few bite and claw wounds, the Los Angeles Times reports. In one incident, four hikers were walking a Yellowstone National Park trail when they encountered a cub; its mom, a sow grizzly, soon lunged... More »

Guy Tosses Meat to Bear, Gets Mauled

Story ends the way you'd expect...

(Newser) - It's not a good week for tipsy guys : An overly generous—and possibly inebriated—man tossed barbecued meat to a black bear near an Alaska campground. His reward: getting mauled, state troopers say, per the Anchorage Daily News. The man had been at a church picnic at Eklutna... More »

Bedridden Woman, 82, Attacked by 400-Pound Bear

She survives, but bear is caught and killed in New Mexico

(Newser) - An 82-year-old bedridden woman suffered scratches on her face and head when a 400-pound black bear broke into her northern New Mexico home and attacked her Tuesday night, state wildlife officials say. The woman told authorities she was in bed with the doors and windows open when the bear broke... More »

Man Killed Cleaning Grizzly Bear Enclosure

'Tame' animal attacked worker at Montana wildlife agency

(Newser) - A worker at a Montana wildlife casting agency was mauled to death by at least one grizzly bear while cleaning the captive-bred animals' enclosure. One grizzly bear had to be put down in order to recover the 24-year-old man's body, a spokesman for Animals of Montana tells the Bozeman ... More »

Photos Shed Light on Fatal Grizzly Mauling

Denali National Park officials scrutinize Richard White's photos

(Newser) - More details are emerging in the sad and somewhat reckless case of the backpacker who was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park on Friday—compliments of his own photographs. National Park Service officials have examined the 26 shots, taken on a digital camera over about... More »

Man Killed by Grizzly Got Too Close, Took Pictures

Attack was first bear killing in Denali Park history

(Newser) - A backpacker killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park on Friday—the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska since 2005—ignored park rules about maintaining an adequate distance, according to photos recovered from his own camera, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The park requires visitors to... More »

Arizona Sees 3 Bear Attacks in a Month

Most recent victim in critical condition

(Newser) - Since 1990, there have been just 10 bear attacks in Arizona—and three of those occurred in the past month. Most recently, 30-year-old Peter Baca was attacked at a campground in the Tonto National Forest on Sunday; he is in critical condition, ABC News reports. Before that, a woman was... More »

Deadly Mama Grizzly Killed in Yellowstone

DNA at two kill sites linked to sow with cubs

(Newser) - A mama grizzly linked to the mauling death of two hikers in Yellowstone Park has been killed by rangers. Two men were mauled to death in separate incidents over the summer in the first bear killings in Yellowstone in a quarter of a century. Bear DNA found at the site... More »

Yelling, Running Triggered Grizzly Attack

Couple's behavior made situation worse, report concludes

(Newser) - A California couple attacked by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park made things worse by running and screaming, officials say. A female bear killed Brian Matayoshi , 57, two months ago after he and his wife encountered the animal and her cubs on a trail. "What possibly began as... More »

Woman Fights Off Bear to Save Dog

One punch to the nose sent beast packing

(Newser) - Quick, what's the most badass thing you've ever done? Was it as badass as punching a full grown black bear in the face? Because that's what Alaska native Brooke Collins did this weekend, when she saw a bear about to make a meal out of her beloved... More »

Bears Eyed in New Yellowstone Hiker Death

Body found a few miles from July's killing

(Newser) - With another hiker found dead in Yellowstone National Park on Friday, authorities are investigating whether he was another grizzly bear victim, reports the AP . The man most likely died Wednesday or Thursday and was found a few miles from where a grizzly killed a man in July . The most recent... More »

Polar Bear Kills Tourist in Norway

Four others injured in attack

(Newser) - A British tourist is dead and four people are seriously injured after a polar bear attacked them today in Norway. The five were part of a group of campers in the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, according to a district governor's spokesperson. The group reported the mauling via satellite phone... More »

Bear Attack Survivor: I Thought I Would Die

Teens recount Alaska terror

(Newser) - The teenagers were doing everything right, just as they'd been taught during their 24 days at Alaska's National Outdoor Leadership School: They were yelling to alert bears in the area of their presence as they crossed a river in a single file line. Then: "Bear! Bear!"... More »

Yellowstone Officials Won't Hunt Down Killer Grizzly

Park rangers say sow was just protecting its cubs

(Newser) - Word spread quickly through Yellowstone National Park about a fatal grizzly bear mauling—the park's first in 25 years—but few visitors at the height of tourist season seemed inclined to change their vacations because of the news. Thousands of people streamed into the park yesterday, a day after... More »

As Grizzly Charged, Man Told Wife to Run

Bear in Yellowstone attack has not been located

(Newser) - The grizzly bear who fatally mauled a hiker yesterday is still roaming Yellowstone National Park, though officials have closed campgrounds and trails near the scene of the attack. The 57-year-old victim and his wife actually encountered the bear twice during their hike, a park spokesperson says, but the first time... More »

Russian Bears Raiding Graveyards

Animals treating cemeteries 'like refrigerators'

(Newser) - You can't play dead any better than by being a corpse buried in a coffin, but that isn't enough to save some Russians from bear attacks. Hungry bears have been raiding Russian cemeteries and eating bodies, behavior that some officials say has been caused by a shortage of the bears'... More »

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